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TODAY IN HISTORY—FEBRUARY 23, 2020:
President John Quincy Adams; U.S. Secretary of War Henry Dearborn; Aerosmith featuring Brad Whitford, the Grass Roots featuring Steve Barri, Johnny Winter, Poco featuring Rusty Young, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers featuring Howie Epstein:
- 303: Emperor Diocletian orders a general persecution of Christians throughout the Western Roman Empire.
- 1455: Johannes Gutenberg prints the first book in history, in this case, the Holy Bible (estimated date).
- 1574: France commences its fifth holy war against the Huguenots.
- 1685: Composer George Frederic Handel was born in modern-day Germany.
- 1751: In North Hampton, N.H., future fifth U.S. Secretary of War Henry Dearborn is born. He would serve under President Thomas Jefferson from 03-05-1801 to 03-04-1809.
- 1778: Baron von Steuben (hero to the LGBTQ community) joins the Continental Army at its encampment at Valley Forge.
- 1813: Business owners founded the first raw cotton-to-cloth mill in the United States in Waltham, Massachusetts, on this date.
- 1822: On this date in history, city leaders incorporated the city of Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1836: The Siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas and would continue until March 6 when Mexican troops under the command of General Santa Anna stormed the fort and massacred the garrison.
- 1847: In Mexico, U.S. troops under the command of General Zachary Taylor destroy the Mexican army at the Battle of Buena Vista.
- 1848: The sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died in Washington, D.C., at age 80.
- 1861: President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office, following word of a possible assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland. Meanwhile, Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union, by popular support.
- 1863: British explorers John H. Speke and James A. Grant announced that they had found the source of the Nile River in Lake Victoria. However, this finding was disputed by Speke’s colleague, Richard E. Burton, who felt that proof was lacking, but the lake is now considered the source of the Nile.
- 1870: Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
- 1883: Alabama became the first state to enact an antitrust law.
- 1886: The process of manufacturing aluminum begins on this date. Elsewhere, the London Times publishes the world’s first classified advertisement.
- 1887: An earthquake hits the French/Italian Riviera resulting in the deaths of 2,000-plus people and countless injured.
- 1896: Leo Hirschfield introduces the Tootsie Roll to the American public.
- 1898: In France, Emile Zola goes to prison for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus.
- 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt signed an agreement with Cuba to lease the area around Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
- 1904: The US acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.
- 1915: Nevada began enforcing a convenient divorce law.
- 1917: The February Revolution in Russia commences on this date.
- 1919: Benito Mussolini forms the Italian Fascist Party on this date.
- 1927: President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.
- 1938: Joe Louis knocked out Nathan Mann in Round Three to acquire the heavyweight boxing title.
- 1942: During World War II, a Japanese submarine fires on an oil refinery at Ellwood, California. Elsewhere, future member of the rock band, the Grass Roots[i]— Steve Barri (backing vocals/multi-instrumentalist 1965-1973)—is born on this date.
- 1943: Following a turnaround in the Battle at Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, the German Afrika Korps and their Italian allies begin pulling back in retreat.
- 1944: Famed blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Johnny Winter[ii] was born in Beaumont, Texas, on this date.
- 1945: During World War II, U.S. Marines from the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division captured Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. A photographer captured a photo of the Marines raising the American flag atop the crag.
- 1946: Rusty Young—future multi-instrumentalist with the country-rock band, Poco[iii] (and the ONLY original member remaining in the group)—is born in the United States on this date.
- 1952: Future rhythm guitarist with the American rock band, Aerosmith—Brad Whitford[iv]—is born in the USA on today’s date.
- 1954: The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.
- 1956: Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev attacks the memory of Stalinism and Josef Stalin.
- 1963: The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution underwent ratification on today’s date. It prohibited poll taxes in federal elections.
- 1965: Film comedian Stan Laurel, 74, died in Santa Monica, California.
- 1968: Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first player in the NBA to score 25,000 points.
- 1970: Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
- 1971: During his court martial for the My Lai Massacre, Lt. William Calley, Jr., confesses to his role in the crime and implicates Captain Medina above him.
- 1973: In London, gold goes up $10 overnight to a new high of $95 an ounce.
- 1981: An attempted coup began in Spain as 200 members of the Civil Guard invaded Parliament, taking lawmakers hostage; however, the attempt collapsed 18 hours later.
- 1991: During the Persian Gulf War, ground forces crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq. Less than four days later, the war ended due to the surrender or withdrawal of Iraqi forces.
- 1992: The XVI Winter Olympic Games ended in Albertville, France.
- 1997: At the Empire State Building, Muslim terrorist Ali Abu Kamal opens fire with a handgun and kills one person before being taken down by the police.
- 1998: Osama bin Laden—murderous terrorist—publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and “Crusaders.” Meanwhile, forty-two people died, some 2,600 homes and businesses destroyed, by tornadoes in central Florida.
- 1999: For the crime of kidnapping and murdering James Byrd Jr., a jury of his peers found white supremacist John William King guilty of the crime. The scumbag and some friends dragged Byrd behind a pickup truck for 2 miles on a Texas country road.
- 2003: In West Warwick, Rhode Island, relatives of the victims of a deadly nightclub fire could walk up to the charred rubble to pray and say goodbye. Meanwhile, Norah Jones won five Grammys, including album and record of the year. Finally, longtime bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers[v] 1982-2002—Howie Epstein—lost his battle with drug abuse and passed away on today’s date.
- 2004: The Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program after sinking $6.9 billion into it over 21 years. Meanwhile, Education Secretary Ron Paige likened the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, to a “terrorist organization” during a private White House meeting with governors (Paige would later call it a poor choice of words but stood by his claim that the NEA was using “obstructionist scare tactics” which they did and still do to obtain their far-left goals.
- 2005: A jury was selected in Santa Maria to decide Michael Jackson’s[vi] fate on charges that he’d molested a teenage boy at his Neverland Ranch but was later acquitted of the charges.
- 2009: President Barack Obama pledged to dramatically slash the skyrocketing annual budget deficit as he started to dole out the record $787 billion economic stimulus package he’d signed the previous week.
- 2011: During the unrest in Libya, more than 1,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives.
- 2012: The state senate in Maryland approves a bill allowing same-sex marriage.
- 2013: Canada’s Security Intelligence Service believes that al-Qaida-affiliated groups may be in the country with the purpose of carrying out terrorist attacks.
- 2014: In a race postponed by rain for hours and for the second time in 10 years, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins the Daytona 500. Meanwhile, the Sochi Olympics completed a 17-day run with Canada’s 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s hockey final, the last of 98 gold medal events.
- 2015: In his final Daytona 500 race, Jeff Gordon starts out strong but loses his lead in the fourth lap after hitting another car, which allows Joey Logano to win it.
- 2016: In the Republican Primary Election in Nevada, billionaire Donald J. Trump wins with a 45.9.5% of the vote.
- 2019: Clashes along the Venezuelan border with Colombia lead to two deaths as government officials try to stop humanitarian aid from crossing the borders of the ‘socialist paradise.’ Meanwhile, another thug- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declares a national emergency, sacks all state governors, and dismisses the government. Stay tuned.
BEVERLY CARRICK ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF THE DAY:
This artwork is #0018 a 16” x 20” original oil painting by Beverly Carrick, which, she entitled, “Mallards in Autumn.” It is among her more beautiful works and is available for sale. You can see much more of her work at her Website, found at beverlycarrick.com, or at the blog’s Facebook page. At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, “Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick.” Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and known around the world for both the beauty and timelessness of her artworks. Hanging in private and public galleries and followed by many fans encircling the globe—her works instill awe because of her artistic brilliance and personal beauty. We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work. It is possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor! You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, the American Institute of Culinary Politics-Elemental News of the Day!
Beverly Carrick: The World’s Greatest Artist (1927-2012)
ALBUM OF THE DAY AT THE AICPENDBLOG.COM:
Roxy Music released their follow-up to “Manifesto,” 1980’s “Flesh and Blood,” an album that received far better reviews than its predecessor and one we wholeheartedly love. The single, “Over You,” is such a magnificent piece of music that it alone is well worth the price of admission. The band now was essentially a three-piece consisting of Bryan Ferry (keyboards, vocals), Phil Manzanera (guitars), and Andy Mackay (oboe, saxophones). They had, of course, a cast of supporting musicians. We love this album and we know that you will, too, so please seek it out and add it to your record shelves, you will love it.
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[i] We offered the music of this famed West Coast band- the Grass Roots- beginning on Thursday, 06-February-2014 through Saturday, 22-February-2014. We hope you will seek their music out by visiting whatever site you choose for the absolute best in rock music. You will be glad you did.
[ii] We hope to promote the music of Johnny Winter one day. Please stay tuned for further developments.
[iii] We hope to share the music of the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Glenn Fray, and others, including Poco, sometime in the next decade. Please remain with us.
[iv] We look forward to promoting the music of Aerosmith one day. We hope within the next 8-10 years. Remain vigilant.
[v] At some point when we return to presenting the music of American bands, we will promote that of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as well as of Tom Petty himself. We hope you will await word as to when we do. We thank you.
[vi] We expect to present the music of the Jackson Five and Michael Jackson sometime in 2025-2026 so please stay tuned for future developments.